Expecting to find colour in most men’s wardrobes is like finding waldo. It’s hard. You don’t see too many men wearing colour. If you’re a man who believes it’s prudent to stick with darker shades only, then read on my friend. For I have a whole new world to show you.
I’d like to say something on the lines of ‘gone are the days…’. But if you think about it, men did wear colour back in the day. The seventies were all about colour – ‘flower power’ if you will. Not that I’m suggesting you wear floral shirts and tees only. I’m talking about the larger picture here. I’m simply pointing out that men did wear colour. I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere down the road, we dropped colour from our wardrobes. It was all about the neutrals and the blacks and the whites. It all got too boring. But I’m here to help you change that. I’m here to help you add colour to your life (cheesy but true), in the most stylish way possible.
Now, let me be clear, this article does not support dressing like Govinda from the 90s. It’s going to be a lot more subtle and tasteful. So I’m going to jump right into it without wasting any more time:
What Colours to Add?
This I’m sure, is the first question that comes to mind when talking about colour. I know a lot of folks who’re sold on the idea but are totally lost on where to begin and where to draw the line. So I’ve created a list of what I call the ‘Safe colours’. Just throw them on with a pair of jeans and that’s it. No, really, that’s it!
I love pastel shades, they’re perfect for Indian weather. Especially if you’re from Mumbai as I am or from a warmer place in the country. I could list down the colours for you but that would be a waste since the names don’t mean squat. I’d rather you just Google it and pick your colour.
Team pastel shades with a pair of khakis or jeans. Pastel tops (shirts or tees) look awesome even over shorts. They’re perfect for a Sunday brunch, a day at the beach or just kickin’ it with your friends.
Shades for the Winter
This is more for the now, literally. Just because you need to wear a bunch of clothes at the same time it does not mean you cannot be stylish. And I do not agree that you need to stick with the blacks and greys for the colder weather. Lavender and Burgundy are lovely winter colours. Perfect under that jacket. Even a nice dark red is perfect for this weather. Here’s an idea, Wear a red flannel shirt; top that with a grey pullover or a jacket. If you stay in an exceptionally cold place, add a blue overcoat to finish the look. Flannel plaid shirts are a perfect way to add colour to your winter wardrobe. The best part about winter is the layers. It opens up a world of options to you. Use this opportunity. Team a dark colour jacket with a bright under shirt (or t-shirt). Here are some options
Colour and Formal Wear
Dressing formally and adding colour could get a tad bit tricky. But you’re in safe hands. When dressing formally, here are the items where you can add colour: Tie, Pocket square and your shirt. I’d recommend having only 1 bright piece of clothing at a time. Even when you’re casually dressed. So when it comes to formals, this rule applies tenfold. If you’re going for a bright tie, use a neutral shirt. A bright shirt calls for a dull/neutral tie. And when dressed monochromatically, add a touch of flair with a nice bright pocket square.
When it comes to t-shirts it’s no holds-barred folks. Pick as your heart desires. But here are the rules:
- Match with a neutral bottom (no colour there). Go for blue jeans when in doubt.
- Minimal prints please. Nothing kills style as quickly as a bright, printed tee.
- Colours + Collars. There’s a reason why Lacoste makes a killing with their polos. They look good! Period. If you’re going for coloured tees I’d place my bet on a good fitting polo than anything else.
So there you have it. This is how you can add colour to your wardrobe and still be super stylish. Drop your thoughts in the comments section below. So until next time, be fresh